organization Art Promotion

The Nanny


Italia – 1999 – 35mm – color – 106’


Direction: Marco Bellocchio

Screenplay: Marco Bellocchio, Daniela Ceselli  from the novel by Luigi Pirandello

Photography: Giuseppe Lanci

Editing: Francesca Calvelli

Set design: Marco Dentici

Music: Carlo Crivelli

Costumes: Sergio Ballo

Cast: Fabrizio Bentivoglio, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Maya Sansa, Jacqueline Lustig, Pier Giorgio Bellocchio, Michele Placido, Gisella Burinato, Elda Alvigini, Fabio Camilli, Eleonora Danco, Letizia Bellocchio

Producer: Pier Giorgio Bellocchio

Production: Filmalbatros, Istituto Luce, in collaboration with RAI Radiotelevisione Italiana



Rome, at the beginning of the Twentieth Century. The successful Dr. Ennio Mori, who deals with mental diseases, and his wife Vittoria have a child. The childbirth is very difficult, and causes them distress. His wife is unable to feed her baby and to establish a relationship with him. This sort of detachment is a substantial lack of love. Mori decides to select a wet nurse, a proud and feisty Sicilian girl, Annetta, who is married with a man under arrest for political reasons. In a short time, Annetta establishes with the baby a relationship of great intimacy and physicality. Vittoria, instead, suffers from deep anguish and wants to leave home and his husband. In the meantime, Mori is engaged in the hospital to try new ways to treat patients who suffer from mental diseases…



“Bellocchio deals with madness, that isn’t revolutionary, but it’s rather an imploding and widespread mental illnesses (…) he puts strikingly into play the issues, apparently distant, of motherhood and writing. In this film, where the breastfeeding becomes meaningful and important, with which the relationship dynamics are activated and exposed without pedantry, writing is just emerging as a “natural”, and cultural need. The illiterate nurse is the character, who expresses the modernity in Pirandello, and subject to reinterpretation by preserving his essence (…)” (Giancarlo Zappoli,



1999 Cannes – Competition

1999 Golden Globes, Italia: Maya Sansa  Best Breakthrough Actress, Best Cinematography

2000 David di Donatello: Best Costume Design